moonlight

noun
moon·​light | \ ˈmün-ˌlīt How to pronounce moonlight (audio) \

Definition of moonlight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the light of the moon

moonlight

verb
moonlighted; moonlighting

Definition of moonlight (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to hold a second job in addition to a regular one

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Other Words from moonlight

Verb

moonlighter noun

Examples of moonlight in a Sentence

Noun A figure appeared in the moonlight. Verb She is a secretary who moonlights as a waitress on weekends.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Steve Stich, manager for NASA’s Commercial Crew program, said that consistently calm nighttime weather at the splash down site, ample moonlight and additional factors made landing in the dark advantageous. New York Times, "SpaceX Makes First Nighttime Splashdown With Astronauts Since 1968," 2 May 2021 My ears fill up with the mournful sound of the courting owls, my eyes fill up with moonlight and bright snow. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "The Puppy Chronicles: Long winter walks with Angus are filled with peace and hooting owls," 29 Jan. 2021 By night’s end, roughly twenty Chinese were dead, most of them hanged, their bodies left dangling in the moonlight; one of them was a fourteen-year-old boy. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "The Forgotten History of the Purging of Chinese from America," 22 Apr. 2021 These are typically built with a mesh screen that blocks bugs while still allowing sunshine or moonlight and a cool breeze to flow through. Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, "7 ways to get rid of (and prevent) backyard bugs," 9 Apr. 2021 In the moonlight, Pascual could make out the shapes of other families clinging to the freight car. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "His Guatemalan parents sent him to the U.S. for a better life. Then they wanted their 9-year-old back.," 6 Apr. 2021 The suite written for violin, harp, cello, flute and percussion is a fitting complement to the serenity of Balboa Park, especially in the moonlight. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Celebrating 50 years of Queen with 50 weeks’ worth of free clips," 25 Mar. 2021 Even moonlight might brighten the sky enough to make the zodiacal light invisible. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, "In Early March, Look To The West For The Zodiacal Light!," 1 Mar. 2021 The colors can be fanciful, notably in renderings of bright-blue cows and night scenes whose reds are too hot to have been elicited by moonlight. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Breaching the border between art and furniture," 12 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Flier, who now serves on two for-profit boards, does not believe academic leaders, including hospital presidents, should moonlight as directors for for-profit companies. Liz Kowalczyk, Sarah L. Ryley, Mark Arsenault, STAT, "Boston’s hospital chiefs moonlight on corporate boards at rates far beyond the national level," 9 Apr. 2021 Many of those changes were pushed through the Legislature by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and other legislators who moonlight as landlords. Cary Spivak, jsonline.com, "Out-of-state corporate landlords are gobbling up Milwaukee homes to rent out, and it's changing the fabric of some neighborhoods," 15 Apr. 2021 Flier, who now serves on two for-profit boards, does not believe academic leaders, including hospital presidents, should moonlight as directors for for-profit companies. Liz Kowalczyk, Sarah L. Ryley, Mark Arsenault, STAT, "Boston’s hospital chiefs moonlight on corporate boards at rates far beyond the national level," 9 Apr. 2021 Flier, who now serves on two for-profit boards, does not believe academic leaders, including hospital presidents, should moonlight as directors for for-profit companies. Liz Kowalczyk, Sarah L. Ryley, Mark Arsenault, STAT, "Boston’s hospital chiefs moonlight on corporate boards at rates far beyond the national level," 9 Apr. 2021 Flier, who now serves on two for-profit boards, does not believe academic leaders, including hospital presidents, should moonlight as directors for for-profit companies. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s hospital chiefs moonlight on corporate boards at rates far beyond the national rate," 3 Apr. 2021 The group created a mixture of particles from nine tires—some bought new, others provided by two undergraduates who moonlight as mechanics—to mimic what might wash off typical highways. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Common tire chemical implicated in mysterious deaths of at-risk salmon," 3 Dec. 2020 Versatile spice racks can also moonlight as perfume displays, essential oil organizers, and exhibit spaces for your collectible figurines. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best spice storage and organization tools," 22 Sep. 2020 So too in the field of economics, where professors and researchers often moonlight as policymakers or investors. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: A SPAC Fund & Palantir’s Public Listing," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of moonlight

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moonlight

Verb

back-formation from moonlighter

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The first known use of moonlight was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

10 May 2021

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“Moonlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonlight. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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moonlight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moonlight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the light of the moon

moonlight

verb

English Language Learners Definition of moonlight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work at a second job in addition to your regular job

moonlight

noun
moon·​light | \ ˈmün-ˌlīt How to pronounce moonlight (audio) \

Kids Definition of moonlight

: the light of the moon

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